Remarks by Mr. Aamar Aftab Qureshi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the General Debate-Item 8 (34 Session of HRC) 20 March 2017

Mr. President, The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action reiterated the importance of realization of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development. Right to development intertwines human rights and human needs and its fulfillment is essential for the realization of all rights. Pakistan is committed to implementing 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through…

Remarks by Deputy Permanent Representative, Mr. Aamar Aftab Qureshi during the General Debate-Item 5 (34th Session of HRC) 15 March 2017

Mr. President,   We thank the Special Rapporteur for her report and take note of recommendations of the ninth Minority Forum.   Pakistan is a multi-religious, multi-cultural, pluralistic society where people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds are living together. The Government of Pakistan is committed to promote and protect the rights of all Pakistani…

Pakistan Comments Item 4, 14 March 2017

Mr. President, We are seeing today the emergence worldwide, of an environment of intolerance, bigotry and outright repression. This environment is being created by extremist political parties and their leaders who deliberately target the weak, the marginalized and the excluded. Demagogues, exploiting genuine economic and social grievances, are resorting to an extreme nationalist rhetoric and…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Clustered ID: Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 7 March 2017

Mr. President, Pakistan will make this statement on behalf of OIC member states. We appreciate the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy on the compilation of very comprehensive reports, findings of which can serve for better understanding of the relevant…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Annual debate on Rights of Persons with Disabilities 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 3 March 2016

Mr. President; Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of OIC member states.  From the outset, let us congratulate and thank the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on compiling a thought provoking and comprehensive report on the topic of “Equality and non-discrimination under article 5 of the Convention on the Rights…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, ID on Migrants 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 10 March 2017

Mr. President,   I have the honour to makes this statement on behalf of OIC member states.   We welcome the High Commissioner timely report on the important issue of migration. The intense wave of xenophobia and discrimination on the basis of religion, creed and race is being experienced by migrants in many parts of…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Annual debate on Rights of Persons with Disabilities 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 3 March 2016

Mr. President;   Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of OIC member states.  From the outset, let us congratulate and thank the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on compiling a thought provoking and comprehensive report on the topic of “Equality and non-discrimination under article 5 of the Convention on the…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC (Delivered by Qazi Saleem) Annual full day meeting on the Rights of Child Theme: Protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs. 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (06 March 2017)

Mr. President, I make this statement on behalf of OIC member states. We appreciate the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the important theme of protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs. Islam lays a lot of emphasis on the rights…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC ID with Special Rapporteur on Myanmar 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (13 March 2017)

Mr. President, I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of OIC Member States. We thank the Special Rapporteur for her sterling work and welcome her recent report and fully support her mandate. We welcome the decision of the Government of Myanmar to allow access to the Special Rapporteur and constructively engage with…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Minorities 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (15 March 2017)

Mr. President, Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of the OIC. We acknowledge the efforts made by the Special Rapporteur on Minorities during her tenure and take note of her comprehensive report on the minority issues. Islam being the religion of peace believes in respect of humanity and advocates for protection of rights of all…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Clustered ID: Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief and Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice and reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (06 March 2017)

Mr. President,             Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of OIC. The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice and reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence has covered aspects of transitional justice including the importance of truth commissions, criminal justice system and reparation programmes in his report. Dispensation of justice regardless of considerations for race,…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Annual High-Level Panel: Human Rights Mainstreaming Theme: The contribution of human rights to peace building through the enhancement of dialogue and international cooperation for the promotion of human rights 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 27 February 2017

Mr. President, I make this statement on behalf of OIC member states. Islam is a religion of peace. Conception of peace in Islam begins with attribution of Peace as the Divine name, since the Arabic word for peace -Salam- is one of the ninety nine names of God. Mr. President, Economic equality and international cooperation…

Comments by Pakistan On behalf of OIC Agenda Item 8 General Debate 34th HRC Session (20 March, 2017)

Mr. President,             I make this statement on behalf of the OIC.             VDPA is a historical document that chalked down program of action for the realization of basic human rights envisaged by the Universal declaration on human rights as well as the two Covenants. It identifies foundation principles of human rights mechanisms and approaches.…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of OIC Panel discussion on good practices and key challenges relevant to access to medicines as one of the fundamental elements of the Right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (08 March 2017)

Mr President, I make these comments on behalf of OIC. We thank the panellists for their informative presentations. The report by UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines released in September 2016 has recommended that while building on the current discussions at the WHO, the UN Secretary-General should initiate a process for…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur Agenda Item 7 (20 March 2017) 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

Mr. President. Allow me to begin by thanking Professor Lynk and expressing our appreciation for his first report and presentation to the Human Rights Council. We warmly welcome Professor Lynk in his new role, and condemn Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, consistent with its culture of non-cooperation with special…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of OIC Agenda Item 9 General Debate 34th HRC Session (20 March, 2017)

Mr. President,             I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of OIC. Mr. President,             We are faced with new challenges of racism, racial discrimination, racial profiling, xenophobia and incitement to hatred, which we need to address as a Council. A Chatham House report has called “populist extremist parties as one of…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Agenda Item 7, General Debate (20 March 2017) 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

Mr. President, I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the OIC Member States. Against the backdrop of continued international paralysis, Israel, the occupying Power, has persisted with its deliberate, systematic and gross violations in Occupied Palestine with total impunity.  It continues to relentlessly act as a State above the law and…

Statement by Pakistan at the adoption of UPR of Republic of Moldova (34th Session of UPR) 16 March 2017

Mr. President, We welcome the delegation of Moldova and thank them for presenting update on the accepted recommendations. We commend the Government of Moldova for accepting majority of the recommendations including ours, which were made during the UPR Working Group Session. We welcome the ratification of human rights instruments and the adoption of the strategy…

Statement by Pakistan at the adoption of UPR of Lithuania (34th Session of UPR) 16 March 2017

Mr. President, We welcome the delegation of Lithuania and thank them for presenting update on the accepted recommendations. We commend the Government of Lithuania for accepting majority of the recommendations which were made during the UPR Working Group Session. We welcome the establishment of national mechanism to protect and promote human rights. We also commend…

Comments by Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, Permanent Representative of Pakistan On behalf of OIC Agenda Item 3 General Debate 34th HRC Session – (10 March, 2017)

Mr. President I make this statement on behalf of the OIC. The world today is faced with grave and serious challenges. Rising intolerance and discrimination threatens the very core of international human rights standards. We cannot allow the achievements made by us over more than seventy years of the UN’s existence to be swept away…

Statement by Pakistan at the adoption of UPR of Iceland (34th Session of UPR) 16 March 2017

Mr. President,            We welcome the delegation of Iceland and thank them for presenting update on the accepted recommendations.   We commend the Government of Iceland for accepting majority of the recommendations including ours, which were made during the UPR Working Group Session. We commend the significant progress made by Iceland in promoting gender…

Statement by Pakistan at the adoption of UPR of Haiti (34th Session of UPR) 16 March 2017

Mr. President,            We welcome the delegation of Haiti and thank them for presenting update on the accepted recommendations.   We commend the Government of Haiti for accepting majority of the recommendations including ours, which were made during the UPR Working Group Session. It is appreciable that Haiti has made efforts to promote and…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Clustered ID: Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment and the Special Rapporteur on the right to food 34th Session of the Human Rights Council, 8 March 2017

Mr. President, Pakistan will make this statement on behalf of OIC member states.  We take note of the comprehensive reports of both the Special Rapporteurs.  We believe that the environment plays a significant role in the attainment of human rights including fundamental elements of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Debate on Racial Profiling and Incitement to Hatred 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (17 March 2017)

Mr. President,   Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of the OIC. The OIC Member States have always condemned racial profiling and incitement to hatred against all as respect of pluralism and diversity are central to our belief system. Today the world is faced with a myriad of challenges ranging from humanitarian crises, xenophobia, populists…